First day in the ATL
Saturday 18 November 2006 18 °C
I flew into Atlanta last night at 6pm.
Sunset from the plane descending into Atlanta
Three of my intern roomates picked up me up and drove me to our house in Decatur. Decatur is a suburb just outside the city. It's very cute. I'm walking distance from the supermarket, a wine store, the ymca and lots of ethnic food. Yay for ethnic food. I had Thai food last night, and it wasn't bad. I found a Vietnamese food place today called Saigon Cafe. They sell all sorts of Pho, but no Banh Mi unfortunately. No Vietnamese desserts either. Lots of Chinese food restaurants. And there's a bit of mexican as well. Including El Bar. Which is an underground bar without a liquour license. Awesome name though. There's even an Indian Spanish fusion restaurant. Curry tapas? I don't know how I feel about that.
Atlanta is beautiful. The trees are red, yellow, orange and green. Full with autumn. The old houses are gorgeous, southern architecture. With their brick and huge verandas.
I went to a "work party" today. Which pretty much means you're a construction worker on the weekends to help work for my stay and for free breakfast and lunch. I work for a non profit sustainable building organization. They're building a new Eco Office. It's very innovative and the organization has won heaps of awards. But it's a non profit organization, so they need lots of volunteers and interns to help with the building. I got my hard hat on, and jumped right in. I held the ladder for people to spray foam insulation. I painted primer and fire retardent. And I sorted the scrap metal, cardboard, and wood. Lots of haulin and a bit of lifting. Quite fun for a first day.
I start my proper orientation on Monday. Looks like I'll be rotating between the office, research, building inspections and construction working.
These neighbours actually bothered to rake up all their leaves.
Me and the street sign